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You know you have been in Sweden too long when…

1. The first thing you do entering a bank/post office/ pharmacy/etc. is to look for a queue number machine.
2. You accept that you will have to queue to get a queue number.
3. A sharp intake of breath has become part of your vocabulary, as has the sound ‘aah’.
4. You associate Friday afternoon with a trip to Systembolaget.
5. You think nothing of paying $ 50 for a bottle of ‘cheap’ spirits at Systembolaget.
6. Your native language has seriously deteriorated; you begin to ‘eat medicine’ and hire videos’.
7. You don’t hear any difference between ‘George’ and ‘Yorge’, ‘gentleman’ and ‘yentleman’ etc.
8. It’s acceptable to eat lunch at 11.00 am.
9. Your front door step is beginning to resemble a shoe shop.
10. When a stranger on the street smiles at you, you assume that:
a. he is drunk
b. he is American
c. he is all of the above
11. Silence is fun.
12. It seems sensible that the age limit at Stockholm night clubs is 23 or 25.
13. The reason you take the ferry to Finland is.
a. duty free vodka
b. duty free beer
c. to party
14. The only reason to get off the boat in Helsinki is to eat pizza.
15. Your old habit of being ‘fashionably late’ is no longer acceptable.
16. You use ‘mmmmmmm’ as conversation filler.
17. You have your own innebandy (= floorball) club.
18. An outside temperature of 9 degrees Celsius is mild.
19. When someone asks for ‘three cheers’ you say ‘hoorah, hoorah, hoorah, hoorah!’

Entnommen dem Handbuch für Austauschstudenten des Stockholm Institute for Education.
19.6.06 22:01

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